A Hebrew Identity Lesson: WHO ARE THE MODERN JEWS? part II
“The Jews of our time fall into two main divisions: Sephardim and Ashkenazim. The Sephardim are descendants of the Jews who since antiquity had lived in Spain (in Hebrew Sepharad) until they were expelled at the end of the fifteenth century and settled in the countries bordering on the Mediterranean, the Balkans, and to a lesser extent in Western Europe. They spoke Spanish-Hebrew dialect, Ladino (see VII, 3), and preserved their own traditions and religious rites. In the 1960s, the number of Sephardim was estimated at 500,000. The Ashkenazim, at the same period, numbered about eleven million. Thus, in common parlance, Jew is practically synonymous with “Ashkenaz” was, in mediaeval rabbinical literature, applied to Germany– thus contributing to the legend that modern Jewry originated on the Rhine. There is, however, no other term to refer to the non-Sephardic majority of contemporary Jewry. For the sake of piquantry it should be mentioned that the Ashkenaz of the Bible refers to a people living somewhere in the vicinity of Mount Ararat and Armenia. The name occurs in Genesis 10, 3 and I Chronicile 1, 6, as one of the sons of Gomer, who was a son of JAPHETH. Ashkenaz is also a brother of Togarmah (and a nephew of Magog) whom the Khazars, according to King Joseph, claimed as their ancestor (see above II, 5).
–from the 8th Ch. “Race And Myth” of _The Thirteenth Tribe_by Arthur Koestler. **picture below provided by Arthur Koestler**
“Arthur Koestler in his very noteworthy book THE THIRTEENTH TRIBE gives further detailed information about the KHAZARS and their conversion to the faith of the Israelites and how the majority of today’s European Jews are direct descendants of them. The information contained in his book is backed up by scripture that show’s the Jews are Gentiles, not natural -born Israelites
According to Microsoft Encarta, “Today, about 85% of all Jews are Ashkenazim”. The Ashkenazi are not descendants of Israel, Ashkenaz was the grandson of Japheth and brother of Togarmah. Arthur Koestler further explains why today’s Jews call themselves Ashkenazi even though they are the Physical seed of Togarmah. He shows that the KHAZARS took on the name of Ashkenaz because it was prophesied in Jeremiah 51:27 that Ashkenaz and their allies would conquer Babylon.” -from Israylite Heritage article, “The Edomites & the Khazars” http://www.angelfire.com/ill/hebrewisrael/printpages/edomkharzars.html
THE REAL HEBREWS:
Let’s briefly take a look at the ASHANTI tribe of West Africa:
Webpage Used: http://www.angelfire.com/ill/hebrewisrael/hebrewism.htm
Taken from the book Hebrewisms of West Africa, by Joseph J. Williams
(copy written in the 1930’s) Pages 22 & 23
“It’s a historical fact that the mass majority of captive slaves brought to the Americas, came from West Africa, although some were brought from East Africa, they were the minority. The west African tribal nations that our forefathers were taken from, have many ancient Hebrew customs in there culture. The KAFFIR, BO, GREBO, MARIBUCK, MAVUMBA, AKRA, FANTI, AKIN, YORUBA, KONGO, AND ASHANTI. Just to name a few of the many sub-Saharan nations that engage in ancient Israelite rituals.
Such rituals includes
- THE DIVISION OF THEIR TRIBES INTO TWELVE, BLOOD SPRINKLING UPON THEIR ALTARS AND DOOR POSTS,
- MARRYING OF THEIR BROTHER’S WIFE AFTER DEATH,
- SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION AFTER CHILD BIRTH,
- UNCLEANNESS DURING CHILD BIRTH,
- UNCLEANNESS DURING MENSTRUATION
- NEW MOON CELEBRATIONS.
- Plus many more.
**Sounds a whole lot like the customs of the Biblical HEBREWS***
Among the ASHANTI tribe the priesthood is hereditary to a specific family such a family has little or no possessions, is exempt from all taxes, supplied with food and advises the king. Compare this with the Levites of ancient Israel and you will see that both are exactly the same.
The name ASHANTI has Hebrew origins, the “TI” at the end means race of or people of, Ashan was the name of a city located in southern Israel Judah (Joshua 15:42 – 19:7 / 1st chronicles 4:32 – 6:59).
The word Ashan in Hebrew means smoke city / burning city. ASHANTI means the people of Ashan or the people of the smoke city, This was the reference to the city of Ashan after the Romans destroyed it in 70 C.E.
Beta Yisrael – The House of Israel
In East Africa in the country of Ethiopia lived a people called Beta Yisrael which means House of Israel. These brothers and sisters claim descendant from the biblical Israelite tribe of Dan. Dan was one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Beta Yisrael are black skinned as an Israelite would be. They were given the name of Falashas which means Stranger and Foreigner, Beta Yisrael is not indigenous to the country of Ethiopia , this is why they are called Stranger by the inhabitants of that land. We know from Scripture that Israelites have been in Ethiopia from at least the first century, or earlier (Acts 8:). Beta Yisrael practice of Hebrewism was close to that of the biblical Israelites then it was to Judaism.
Some believe the Ethiopian Hebrews are not true Israelites, in order to know if they are we have to use the identifying mark. We have to compare their living condition to what is written in Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26. In 1985 a civil war was waging in Ethiopia, which brought death and starvation. The Israeli Government decided to bring these Hebrews back to the land of Israel in what they called Operation Moses. Beta Yisrael living condition was deplorable, the Israeli government noted that if Beta Yisrael was not taken from Ethiopia they wouldn’t survive as a people. In order for the Israeli’s to allow Beta Yisrael in the land of Israel they had to convert to Judaism. This was forced upon them, they had no choice it was either convert or stay in Ethiopia and Die. They choice to convert to Judaism and are now called Jews. As I mention in order for us to know if they are really Israelites we have to see if they are suffering the curses. Since coming to Israel, they have been brought down very low, they are being treated in the same manner as we are in the Americas. Beta Yisrael is called Israel’s ‘black underclass’
Here are some excerpts that detail their plite in the land of Israel…” con. in the link above.
AND I haven’t even gotten into the Narrative Account of Olaudah Equiano and/or the South African Tribe of Lemba who were proven to have DNA matches to those of the Hebraic Priesthood (sons of Aaron).
THE JUDIAC PEOPLES OF TODAY:
More from the book _The 13th Tribe_by Arthur Koestler